Frequently Asked Questions...

We strive to make your experience with Holistic Bodywork - Massage and Yoga as enjoyable as possible, but we also realize that sometimes you have questions about what to expect or about our services in general. For this reason we've created a FAQ session for you!

Simply click on the question listed below and you will be taken directly to the answer you are seeking, or scroll through all our questions to find out more!

⇒ What can I expect from my massage session?
⇒ What can I expect after my treatment?
⇒ Will my health insurance cover massage?
⇒ Will massage really help me with my condition?
⇒ How long does a massage session last?
⇒ What if my insurance has denied massage in the past?
⇒ Do I need a referral or prescription for massage?

What can I expect from my massage session?

Before your massage starts, the Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP) will spend a few minutes with you discussing your goals for the session. Your practitioner will review your Confidential Intake Form and Health History (save time and fill out our Confidential Intake Form and Health History Form here) and will talk with you regarding your health history, current ailments and health goals.

The practitioner will leave the room so you will have the privacy to undress to your level of comfort.  You can leave some clothes on if that is more comfortable for you. You will be properly draped with a clean sheet and towel at all times, along with a heat pad to keep you warm and comfortable. Additional pillows will be used to support you if you require them. Only the area that is being worked on will be exposed.

Neurolink , Rossiter System, and Chair Massage are done fully clothed.

Clients receive treatments in a serene, peaceful environment with a variety of relaxing music. You may bring in a DVD or cassette of your favorite music or have it quiet if you like.

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What can I expect after my treatment?

Most people find the treatments very relaxing and sleep well afterwards. The overall feeling of relaxation is commonly experienced. Pain relief is also reported after one session. Expect the body to detox. Immediately after a treatment you may feel tired, light-headed, relaxed, energized, or more emotional. You might have to go to the bathroom more frequently, or have a runny nose or eyes. It is not uncommon for certain conditions to temporarily worsen for up to 48 hours as the body adjusts and begins its natural healing process.

To help the detoxification and healing process, drink plenty of water to flush out unwanted toxins the day of treatment and over the following few days. Sipping filtered water throughout the day is best. The body recognizes massage as a signal to do house cleaning and will begin to dump waste and toxins into the blood and lymph systems to be flushed out of the body. Drinking water will aid in that cleansing. Coffee and soda pop don’t count!

If you are sore the next day, it may be because your body is working hard to rid the muscles of toxins. A hot bath with Epsom salts can relax your muscles and aid your body in eliminating toxins more quickly. Be sure and let your LMP know if you were very sore or if soreness lasts for more than one day. Our pressure and massage techniques can be fine tuned to work best with your bodies issues.

If you have acute or inflamed tissues your LMP may recommend ice or ice/heat therapy during or after the massage. Be sure and follow the hydrotherapy suggestions.

You may be given stretching and strengthening suggestions and self massage techniques to do at home to help improve and maintain your range of motion and speed your recovery process. Consistent home care will make a big difference in your recovery from acute and chronic injuries, as well as decrease stress.

You may also feel a need to rest more after a treatment.

These are perfectly normal reactions. If you have any concerns about possible side effects, please feel free to call your practitioner.

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Will my health insurance cover Medical Massage?

If you have a medical condition where you have discomfort or pain and your insurance plan includes Massage Therapy, we can bill your insurance company.

Holistic Bodywork - Massage and Yoga has had many years of experience billing insurance for massage therapy treatments and will work with your insurance company to cover the majority of your massage treatment costs.

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Will massage really help me with my condition?

We have been successful at helping our clients with Massage Therapy and also being a part of a healthcare team of Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists, Medical and Naturopathic Doctors.

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How long does a massage session last?

Our massage therapy treatments tend to last about an hour, but we do have other options available based on your individual needs.

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I have been denied coverage by my health insurance before, should I still contact you to see if my health insurance will cover massage at Holistic Bodywork?

YES! Health Insurance plans can change yearly and it is worth checking with the insurance company to see if they now offer Massage Therapy.

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Do I need a doctor's referral or prescription to Holistic Bodywork - Massage and Yoga to have my massage treatments covered by my health insurance?

Usually insurance companies require a referral or prescription, but not always. This would be a good question to ask your insurance company. Please refer to our Patient Private Health Insurance Verification Form for more informaton.

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